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Report indicates urgent actions needed on use of mesh procedures - Louise O'Reilly TD

21 November, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this evening Sinn Fein Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the urgent actions outlined in the report by the Chief Medical Officer on the clinical and technical issues associated with the use of Transvaginal Mesh Implants needs to be rolled out as a matter of urgency.

 Teachta O’Reilly said:

 “The issue of trans-vaginal mesh implantation procedures and subsequent complications is an issue Sinn Féin has been active on, north and south, for a long time.

 “The release of today’s report by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, on trans-vaginal mesh implants was eagerly awaited by victims of defective mesh implants and many campaign groups, however, the report raises many more questions for which answers will need to be forthcoming from the Minister for Health and the HSE. 

 “We need to ask why governance mechanisms were not in place at national level to provide assurance that mesh surgeries are carried out in accordance with agreed international best practice and clinical guidance. 

 “Furthermore, we also need answers as to why there was no mandated professional clinical guidance at national level to guide the use of mesh implants or to guide the management of women with complications.

  “In the immediate term the urgent recommendations of the report need to be rolled out as a matter of urgency, namely, trans-vaginal mesh should not be offered as a first line treatment in the management of pelvic organ prolapse and that the HSE develop agreed protocols for the use of trans-vaginally placed mesh implant devices, and a number of other urgent measures.

 “Also, the Minister and the HSE need to ensure that the women affected are provided with a clear care pathway from diagnosis to surgical removal here in this State.

 “While this report is welcome, it raised many more questions and we will continue to fight on behalf of these women for answers and so they can get the care that they need and deserve."

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